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Myrta Ellen "Mertie" Crowder Bell
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Birth: Oct. 5, 1890
York County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Oct. 15, 1975
Seward County
Nebraska, USA

Used by Ann Miller White with permission from Jane Graff, editor of "Seward County Nebraska 1982 By The People of Seward County" (Contribution to book by Retha Peterson and Evelyn Divis)

Myrta Crowder was born October 5, 1980 on her parents' homestead in West Blue Township, York County, the youngest of 12 children born to Permelia Andress Anderson and Oliver Crowder.

Permillia's parents, John Spencer and Mary Ann Hall Anderson were born in Kentucky, he in 1829 and she in 1824. Their first child was born in 1842.

In 1843, the family moved to Exeter, Scott County, Illinois, where 16 more children were born, seven of whom died in infancy. Permelia, born February 7, 1847, was their fifth child.

During the summer of 1864, the John Anderson family came by covered wagon to Brownville, Nebraska, spending the winter there. In the spring of 1865, the family came on to York County and filed on a homestead in West Blue Township, the first family to homestead in York County. As was the custom, the older children walked most of the way from Illinois.

The family endured many hardships. Their first home was a dugout. Breaking the prairie with yokes of oxen was an extremely hard task. Three times a year the 100 mile trip was made to Nebraska City for supplies. The trip took seven days and was made along the Government Freight Road. The Anderson making the trip would meet trains of as many as 100 Government wagons coming west. The countryside was filled with bands of Indians. The pioneer family must constantly be on alert.

In the winter, hunting parties went west along the Blue, then south into Kansas to find buffalo for their meat supply.

In April of 1869, the first sermon ever preached to the pioneers of York County was delivered by Rev. William Worley in the Anderson home.

Myrta Bell's father, Oliver Crowder, was born January 18, 1844 in Hamilton County, Ohio. At age 14, he volunteered for service in the Civil War. He served with Co. K-47th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers from 1861 to 1864. He was wounded in battle at Corinth, Mississippi, October 3, 1862. Shortly after his discharge, he came west and homesteaded 160 acres in York County. His homestead was about one mile north of the John Anderson homestead.

Permelia Anderson and Oliver Crowder were married at the John Anderson residence on March 9, 1873. They developed a self-supporting home on their homestead. Oliver Crowder died May 22, 1901. Shortly after Oliver's death, Permelia moved her family to a small farm southwest of Beaver Crossing. It was there that Myrta finished her education and grew to young womanhood.

She married Guy Bell on December 24, 1912. To this couple, nine children were born. Myrta was a devoted wife and mother, a "Master Gardener", often canning 100 quarts of fruits and vegetable for the winter months; raised chickens and had a cow whenever possible and was a master at "making over" clothing.

Myrta served on the election board in M Precinct for many years, occasionally served as pianist at the Christian Church.

Myrta died October 15, 1975, is buried in the Beaver Crossing Cemetery.

 (bio by: Ron and Ann Miller White) 
Family links: 
  Oliver C. Crowder (1847 - 1901)
  Parmelia Ann Anderson Crowder (1847 - 1922)
  Guy T Bell (1889 - 1955)
  Retha Eva Bell Peterson (1917 - 2000)*
  Rex Leon Bell (1919 - 2002)*
  Duane G. Bell (1928 - 2016)*
  Charles William Crowder (1873 - 1953)**
  Oliver F. Crowder (1877 - 1898)*
  Florence Crowder (1878 - 1886)*
  Hattie L. Crowder (1879 - 1886)*
  James Crowder (1881 - 1886)*
  Daisy Crowder (1882 - 1951)*
  Richard S Crowder (1883 - 1886)*
  Joseph Crowder (1885 - 1952)*
  Bert Anderson Crowder (1887 - 1915)*
  Myrta Ellen Crowder Bell (1890 - 1975)
*Calculated relationship
Note: wife of Guy T.
Beaver Crossing Cemetery
Beaver Crossing
Seward County
Nebraska, USA
Created by: Dorie Winchester
Record added: Jun 09, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7557997
Myrta Ellen Mertie <i>Crowder</i> Bell
Added by: Ron and Ann Miller White
Myrta Ellen Mertie <i>Crowder</i> Bell
Added by: Ron and Ann Miller White
Myrta Ellen Mertie <i>Crowder</i> Bell
Added by: Dorie Winchester
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